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A Sad Day, A Reality Check

Reality came home last night.

Yesterday, Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch in the 43th minute of Bolton’s FA Cup match with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane with a suspected heart attack.

Fabrice is currently in the intensive care unit at the heart attack centre of the London Chest Hospital, fighting for his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, reports suggesting that the next 24 hours will be crucial for him.

Watching the game on telly, it was immediately clear from the reaction of everyone in the middle that something was terribly wrong. It was a huge shock to see the ex-Arsenal player lying writhing on the pitch, in obvious pain.

There are lots of news sites carrying the story, so I will not go into the details here. I would recommend you to read this touching article in the Guardian though.

A word for the referee, Howard Webb. He takes a lot of stick for his decision making, as do most Premier League referees. He did very well yesterday, acting decisively in getting help onto the pitch and then abandoning the match as soon as it was clear it was serious.

A word for the medical staff of both teams. They acted swiftly, and hopefully their efforts will not be in vain.

A word also for the supporters of both teams. They cheered as one, while Fabrice was receiving treatment on the pitch. When the match was called off, they once again applauded the decision wholeheartedly in a show of support for the player.

Football United.

Fabrice, the power of our collective prayers is with you. Come on, fight as you have always done on the pitch. And give us hope.

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